Easiest Septic Permits

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Cities with No Septic Permits (Part 1)

Columbus City, Ohio does not require a permit for the installation of septic systems. Polk County, Texas and Butler Country, Missouri offer some exemptions for septic permits depending on the size of the residential lot.

Areas with No Septic System Permits

Columbus City, Ohio

Areas with Expedited Permits

Polk County, North Carolina

South Carolina

  • Homeowners and other applicants in all counties of South Carolina must obtain a permit for the installation of an on-site wastewater system from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC).
  • South Carolina DHEC offers three expedited permitting options for the installation of an on-site wastewater system.
  • Applicants can hire the services of a Professional Soil Classifier as well as a Licensed Professional Engineer to evaluate their site and design a septic system as per the regulations. A list of these professionals and their contact information can be found here. With this option, the permitting process takes 1-5 business days.
  • As an alternative, applicants can hire a Professional Soil Classifier for soil evaluation and submit the permit application along with the certified soil report and "DHEC form 3269 — Soil Report Verification" from the Professional Soil Classifier. With this option, the permitting process can be completed in 5-10 business days.
  • A third option is to schedule an appointment with an OSWW inspector for the test pit evaluation. For this option, "applicants should supply the backhoe pits during the initial visit in areas where pits are requested frequently."

Areas with Permit Exemptions

Polk County, Texas

  • Polk County, Texas offers an exemption for the installation of an on-site sewage facility (OSSF) for the first house on a "single deeded tract of land 10 acres or larger. However, applicants are still required to install a septic system that meets or exceeds minimum state standards and file a 10 Acre Exemption Form". A permit is mandatory for each additional house placed on that tract of land.
  • For details, the Polk County Permit Department can be reached at (936) 327-6820 X 1 or permits@co.polk.tx.us.

Butler Country, Missouri

  • Butler County, Missouri offers a relatively simple, cheap, and fast septic system permitting process. A permit is required before the construction or major repair of the sewage system of a single-family housing unit located on a lot less than 3 acres in size.
  • Following Missouri's state laws and regulations, single-family houses that are located on 3 acres or larger lots are exempt from obtaining a permit for septic system in Butler County.
  • Owners of less than 3-acre single-family housing lots can obtain the "Missouri Department of Health On-Site Sewage Disposal System Construction Permit" from the Butler County Health Department. This department also offers technical assistance for the permit process, upon request.
  • The permit fee is $90. The permit application process usually takes a week.
  • To obtain the permit, applicants submit the permit fee along with the completed permit application package and the soil morphology report to the Butler County Health Department. Soil morphology evaluations can only be performed by soil scientists registered with the Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services.
  • All except a few difficult applications are processed at the Butler County Health Department. As soon as the permit fee is received, the Missouri Department of Health issues permit numbers to the County.
  • The county's environmental public health specialists review the permit application packet and visit the site. If the application and site meet the Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services' standards, the Butler County Health Department issues the construction permit which remains valid for one year.
  • The Butler County Health Department also performs a final site inspection after the septic system is installed.
  • To get the permit, applicants can reach out to the Butler County Health Department at:
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Cities with No Septic Permits (Part 2)

Platte County, Missouri offers a fast permit approval process for the installation of on-site sewage disposal systems. Brazoria County, Victoria County, and Andrew County offer certain exemptions from septic permits depending on the size of the residential lot.

Areas with Permit Exemptions

Brazoria County, Texas

  • Brazoria County, Texas does not require an on-site sewage facility (OSSF) permit for the first and only single-family house located on a single tract of land that is 10 acres or larger. For this permit exemption, all parts of the OSSF must be at least 100 feet within the lot boundary.
  • For more information, the Brazoria County Courthouse can be contacted at (979) 849-5711.

Victoria County, Texas

  • Victoria County also offers a 10-acre exemption. The county does not require any planning materials, permit, or inspection for an on-site sewage facility (OSSF) for a single-family housing unit located on a 10 acre or larger lot. For this permit exemption, the single-family house must be the only house on the lot, the effluent must be disposed of on the property, and all parts of the OSSF must be at least 100 feet from the property line.
  • For more information, the Environmental Services Division of the county's Public Health Department can be contacted at 361-578-6281.

Andrew County, Missouri

  • Andrew County, Missouri does not require an on-site sewage system installation permit for residential lots that are 3 acres or larger with the following exceptions: "If there are 2 or more systems on a property, an area of 10 acres should be available for each system." The systems should be at least 360 feet apart to still be exempt. "Lots divided into seven or more tracts may be under the Missouri Department of Natural Resources regulations regarding on-site sewage disposal."
  • For more information regarding on-site sewage systems, the Environmental Public Health Specialist can be reached at (816) 324-3139 and info@andrewcountyhealth.com. Registered septic inspectors can be contacted here.

Areas with Fast/Easy Permit Process

Columbus County, North Carolina

  • Columbus County, North Carolina offers a fairly simple process to obtain septic permits. To obtain the permit, applicants have to submit the 911 address, "drawing of the property with dimensions of the house and the lot, a signed owners' statement" (for applicants that are not the property owner), and a $215 fee.
  • A review of the county's code of ordinance also indicates that there are no specific requirements or regulations surrounding septic systems in the county.

Platte County, Missouri

  • Platte County, Missouri offers a fairly simple and quick process for the installation of on-site sewage disposal systems.
  • To obtain a permit, applicants can apply online, in person, or by US Mail and submit the completed permit application signed by the property owner along with the soil morphology report, site layout illustration, and permit fee. A list of soil evaluators can be found here. A list of registered installers can be found here.
  • All permit applications are reviewed by the Sanitarian. The Sanitarian reviews the application and any additional information (if requested) and takes an action within 5 working days of receiving the application. The Sanitarian may determine if a permit is not required, approve or reject a permit application, or ask for modifications. After the construction of the on-site sewage disposal system, the applicants must notify the Sanitarian at least 24 hours before backfilling to perform a final inspection.
  • In addition to that, the county also offers several exemptions from permits. No permit/approval is required if a centralized wastewater collection and treatment system is proposed. Residential developments on lots that are 5 acres or larger are also exempt from approval.
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Cities with No Septic Permits (Part 3)

Pierce County, Tacoma City, Millville City, Kennewick City, and Logan City do not require septic or on-site wastewater treatment system permit.

Pierce County, Washington

Tacoma City, Washington

  • Tacoma City does not require a septic system permit for residential development throughout the city. Septic systems are only required in areas that are not served by a public sewer line. Most of the city's buildings are connected to the public sewer system and only a few property owners are still connected to a septic system.
  • All properties lying within 200 feet of the public sewer line can be connected to the public sewer and hence, won't need a septic system. A detailed map of the city's sewer coverage also indicates that most of the city is covered by the public sewer system. A screenshot of the sewer coverage in the city can also be found here.
  • Even if a property is not within 200 feet of the public sewer line, the city may extend the sewer line to reach the property. For more information, applicants can call at (253) 591-5760.

Millville City, New Jersey

  • A comprehensive review of the website of Millville City, the permits required in the city, and the municipal code of Millville City indicates that no permits for septic or on-site wastewater treatment system are required for new single-family residential construction in the city. A press search also indicates that the city is encouraging all new development to connect to the sewer system instead of septic tanks.
  • For more information, applicants can call at 856-825-7000.

Kennewick City, Washington

Logan City, Utah

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Cities with No Septic Permits (Part 4)

Summary

There is one county, Griggs county, North Dakota, that does not currently have any septic system regulations. There is an additional county, Baraga county in Michigan, that requires few regulations. Additional locations that require few regulations include Riddle, Idaho; Solano, New Mexico and Harts, West Virginia.

5 Locations With Moderate Septic System Regulation

Baraga County, Michigan (Upper Peninsula)

  • The septic system permits are regulated by the Western Upper Peninsula Health Department.
  • The contact information, address and phone number, is Gogebic Office, 210 Moore, Bessemer, MI, 49911, (906) 667-0200.
  • Installers of septic systems must be licensed by the state of Michigan.
  • The Western Upper Peninsula Health Department will inspect the property and complete the permitting process within 2-3 weeks.
  • A legal description of the property is required.

Riddle, Idaho

Griggs county, North Dakota

Solano, New Mexico

Harts, West Virginia

  • Septic system permits are regulated by the Public Health and Sanitation Division of West Virginia.



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